Jan 13, 2013 10:00am EST
be opposed to them? >> i don't believe that anyone should hold the american people hostage for a ranssome that they couldn't get in the ballot box. and that's what we see being done with the whole issue of the debt ceiling. for things we did we borrowed money. in fact, republicans and democrats alike passed these budgets and now republicans are saying they don't want to pay for the thing that is they voted for in these previous budgets. that to me is not the way you run government once again and to allow someone to play political mischief, to put preconditions on a balanced deal by saying we're going to ask for a ransom devastating cuts to social security and medicare, in order to cover costs to things like the bush tax cuts, unpaid for wars in iraq and afghanistan don't make sense. so i agree with the president. the american people should not be held hostage with this game of using the debt ceiling as a way to try to extract what you couldn't get through the ballot box. and i would urge the president to move forward and continue to have the economy grow, let the government move forward.
Jan 6, 2013 6:00pm EST
you, i don't know. at the end of the day, instead of taking $24 billion in savings, mitch mcconnell's position was to continue $5 billion per year in subsidies that the majority of folks have said should not be paid at all. and he fought to continue those direct subsidies. they say they want more cuts, but when it comes to wealthy farmers that have high prices and do not use subsidies, they seem very willing to jeopardize the rest of agriculture to protect those subsidies. that is wrong, in my book, and we need an agricultural bill that effectively works for all of agriculture and for the taxpayers. that is our responsibility as well. >> you will have a new ranking member, thad cochran. there was the idea that you were both interested in northern farmers and their crops. i know you have said there had to be balance. how does senator cochran coming to the position of ranking member affect how this will go forward this year? >> i'm really looking forward to working with senator cochran. he and i have talked briefly. his staff has reached out to mine already. they have already met. we
Jan 13, 2013 6:00pm EST
don't believe anyone should hold the -- >> i don't believe anyone should hold the american people ransom for what they could not get done in the ballot box. paying for our debts in the past -- for things we did, we borrowed money. republicans and democrats alike past these budgets -- passed these budgets. in our publicans are saying they don't want to pay for the things they voted for -- now republicans are saying they don't want to pay for things they voted for in past budget. to allow them to put conditions on the balance deal by saying we are going to ask for a ransom, devastating cuts to social security and medicare, in order to cover costs for things like the bush tax cuts, unpaid wars in iraq and afghanistan -- i agree with the president. the american people should not be held hostage with this game of using the debt ceiling as a way to try to extract what you could not get through the ballot ox. i would urge the president to move forward and continue to have the economy grow, let the government move forward, don't let this be a way that anyone in congress tries to manipulat